As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered best standbys, top newcomers and 2012 in one word. Now it's time for best dining neighborhood. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q. What was the best dining neighborhood in 2012?
Kevin Harned, chief meteorologist, WAVE 3 and co-host, Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live: NuLu
Josh Moss, managing editor, Louisville Magazine: No, hipster. You're trying to get me to type the word "NuLu." Not gonna do it.
Kane Webb, editor, Louisville Magazine: The East End near the Brownsboro/Watterson interchange. I'm a parent, and my 'hood is loaded with all the best kid restaurants -- Arby's, Wendy's, DQ, Impellizeri's, KFC .... Thank God there's also a Starbucks and a Vint. On those rare occasions when the kids don't dictate what's for dinner, Mojito is just around the corner — and right next to Kroger! Woo-hoo!
Elizabeth Orrick, food writer, Louisville.com: I have to go with everyone else and say NuLu. Bardstown Road is still the best place for a drink, and Frankfort Avenue is more upscale, but NuLu has really brought the heat.
Steve Hacker, writer and brand consultant, Gourmandistan.com: NuLu
Melissa Duley, associate editor, Louisville Magazine: Germantown
Antonia Lindauer, freelance food writer, That Vampin' Lady: NuLu, of course. The explosion was intense, and by and large, each place has been impressive in its own way. I am consistently proud and amazed that Louisville can support so many fantastic restaurants.
Zach Everson, editor, Eater Louisville: East Market District